Deny, Die, and Follow Jesus

Matthew 16:24 ESV See also Matthew 10:38; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23 “Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me’.” In the Luke passage it says, “take up his cross daily (or every day).” This is the essence of the message … Continue reading Deny, Die, and Follow Jesus

Dying to the Self-Life

1 Peter 2:18-20 ESV “Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, … Continue reading Dying to the Self-Life

Not to Be Served But to Serve

Matthew 20:17-19 ESV “And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and … Continue reading Not to Be Served But to Serve

For IF We Died with Him

2 Timothy 2:11-13 ESV “The statement is trustworthy: “For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He will also deny us; If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” I don’t know how many … Continue reading For IF We Died with Him

Suffering Not Without Purpose

Romans 5:3-5 ESV “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” A Life of … Continue reading Suffering Not Without Purpose

Eating, Drinking and Believing

John 6:35-37 “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; the one coming to me shall not hunger and the one believing in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me and … Continue reading Eating, Drinking and Believing

Whoever is Ashamed of Jesus

Luke 9:23 ESV And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” A lot of people get confused about God’s grace and his gift of salvation from sin. And, there is confusion about the gift of faith which he gives … Continue reading Whoever is Ashamed of Jesus